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B.J. Coleman is Expected to Push Graham Harrell

B.J. Coleman

The Green Bay Packers could have a new backup quarterback this season. After going one season with Graham Harrell in that role, the Packers are expecting second-year player B.J. Coleman to push for the job as Aaron Rodgers‘ caddy.

Coleman spent all of 2012 on the practice squad after being selected in the seventh round, but early reports indicate Coleman has made considerable strides entering his second season. Coleman participated in the team’s rookie camp over the weekend.

“What I had to see from B.J. (in this minicamp) is him (having) looked like he’d been here for a year, be in charge of the drills and be productive,” coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday after the final minicamp practice. “And that was evident in all three practices.

“Now there’s a couple things that he’ll learn from. Actually, (Sunday) afternoon (I was talking to) B.J. coming off the field about a particular play in the final team period. So he’s got ability. There’s just some things that he’s done in the past and the way he’s played the position that are total opposite of the way he’s being taught, so we got to get that part figured out. But I think he’s definitely making a lot of progress.”

That could be bad news for Harrell, who hasn’t exactly made anyone forget about Matt Flynn. Harrell fumbled away a scoring opportunity in his only regular-season action in 2012.

Coleman, meanwhile, has a much stronger arm than Harrell and appears to be more athletic. His biggest problem in his rookie season was not being familiar with the offense.

That’s not the case anymore. That could mean the end of Harrell’s stint with the Packers.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Poop May 13, 2013

    Well he better be good, or else you could say that one blow to Aaron Rodgers’ head would drop us to rank amongst the Bears and the Vikings.

  2. Harrell will prob be cut before the first preseason game. Anyone who pays more than average attention to the Packers knows this kid has a football-firing rifle hanging from his right shoulder and will be one of the best backups we’ll see this year, including the over-hyped rookies. I would trust Cobb behind center before I would trust Harrell…

    1. Phatgzus May 14, 2013

      He supposedly reminds people of Favre, and for my money, that’s not a bad thing.

      I wouldn’t say the rookie QBs are over-hyped, except for Geno Smith (and Manuel by the Bills), Rich Eisen wouldn’t shut up about him throughout the coverage of the draft, mad me wish Mayock would pop him in the dome.

      I trust Cobb more as well, at least he can run, and hr doesn’t fumble.

  3. GBslacker May 14, 2013

    At least it’s not Brohm…

    …hell, when he’d drop back to pass it looked like he was auditioning for Riverdance